These first five years since I started designing and making the rugs have been just wonderful. Full of wonder and support from people who believed in my art and last but not least working for and with great clientele. At first the rugs where made under the name Elivogar ehf but after 2013 under Shanko Rugs.
The first time the rugs were exhibited they were spotted by the high-end design magazine ELLE Interiör and the rug “Leap” was featured in their May issue of 2012. At the same venue, DesignMarch 2012, the rugs where also noticed by the world’s trend authority ” wgsn.com “. WGSN chose the rugs as one of the top 10 trend design of the show. “öö-was-it-a-dream Authentic Luxury” in Helsinki invited to exhibit the rugs that same spring. And then the ball started rolling.
Today the high-end Shanko Rugs are sought after for their luxury hand made touch and the unique design.
Wonderful challenge a commissioned work ” Snaefellsjokull glacier in Iceland. This glacier can be seen from Reykjavik when you look to the north west across the sea. It is situated at the Snaefellsnes penninsula and is famous for being the entrance to the centre of the earth in the movie with the title Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.
The wall space is 5 meters and the work ended up being 3.35 meters long instead of 3 meters but that was fine with the owners and I knew the wall space could take that too. After streching the canvas I marked out guidlines for the size of the work and started placing white colour here and there to get a feel for the size.. and quickily the work grew and took on it’s own character… I wanted to show the glacier as it is in fall when it is start snowing again or in spring when the snow is melting. When I was happy with the work I called the owners and they gave me the thumbs up so I cut it down from the frame. With this work I decided to hand cut with scissors the whole thing as it was for a wall it could do with a little ruggedness. In the end it was mounted on quality palywood for easy haning of the art rug Snaefellnesjokull glacier.
The new rug Dragon Lava or in Icelandic Drekahraun photosession at Reynisfjara in s-Iceland. This beautiful place is the perfect backdrop for the rugs. Here the Dragon Lava rug is photographed with Reynisdrangar in the background. We had to be there quite early to beat the tourists. We nearly did that however the 10 people enjoying the black lava beach were not in our way so everything went by the book and we finished the photoshoot on time.
This beautiful hot lava rug Dragon Lava is made of pure Icelandic wool and is of irregular size is: ca. 1,45 meters long and ca. 0,92 meters wide widest.